Carbon dioxide – Applications in cryotherapy and respiratory gases


The application of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the wider realm of cryogenics usually involves the freezing of food products, plus select applications in industrial processes. There is a small market for cryotherapy and usage as a respiratory stimulant.

Also covered in this writing, is an update on the US greenhouse gas legislative efforts pertaining to CO2, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) position on CO2 today.

Cryotherapy involves using cryogenic agents to achieve specific medical procedures. With respect to cryotherapy, CO2 (solid or snow), liquid nitrogen (LIN) or DMEP (dimethyl ether & propane) are the three common agents used to achieve such a task.

Initially when speaking of CO2, solid CO2 was more commonly used years ago rather than LIN which is more readily used today, in the developed world.

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